Functional medicine is an up and coming term used to describe a new approach to healthcare. It takes a patient centered approach instead of a disease centered approach. It forms a doctor/patient partnership. Instead of diagnosing a disease and treating based upon a predetermined cookie cutter protocol, it dives deeper to find the root cause and treats the individual person that has the disease not just the symptoms. It requires a practitioner to slow down, take the time needed to thoroughly talk with someone about how they feel, take into consideration environmental, genetic, nutritional and lifestyle interactions that may be contributing to the overall situation. In addition to asking how do we fix these issues, functional medicine asks how to we prevent further issues and what do we need to do now to enhance your quality of life for years to come.
What is Functional Medicine?
Our society is seeing a surge in chronic disease, autoimmune disorders, heart disease, etc.
What we have been doing isn’t working. It’s time we take a step back from viewing medicine as acute care only and focus on quality of life and proactive care. Symptoms life fatigue, pain, headaches, depression, bowl discomfort, etc are warning signs. I use the term “check engine light” a lot in practice. Should you just do something to cover up the symptoms or should we dive deeper and see what’s going on under the hood before we burn out an engine? Using our philosophy and knowledge we can dive deeper, use testing not normally used in clinical practice and take the time to evaluate thoroughly what’s going on and restore normal body function thereby relieving symptoms that may end in chronic life threatening disease (Fibromyalgia, diabetes, heart diseases, and auto-immune diseases).
Why chose Dr. Yarbrough, chiropractic physician, for your preventative and Functional Medicine needs?
Chiropractors are trained from day one to look for the root cause of diss-ease and to not chase symptoms. To treat the patient who has disease, not the disease the patient has. To let the body heal itself and to remove any interference in the healing process that may exist. Dr. Yarbrough started his journey in functional medicine learning about Applied Kinesiology and Functional Neurology and learned that there are three main areas to evaluate in every patient (Structural, Emotional, and Chemical). All three are important and influence one another. Chiropractic school taught him how to address structural issues and if you come in to see him, you will probably get adjusted. But also training under Dr. Datis Kharrazian, author of “why do I have thyroid symptoms when my labs are normal,” and numerous other nationally renowned physicians he learned how to take an optimal approach to advanced laboratory analysis, stool testing, thyroid panels, hormone panels, neurotransmitter panels, organic acid testing, hair and RBC mineral and vitamin analysis to name a few. As well Dr. Yarbrough’s father, Alan Yarbrough, was a well-known Psychologist in the Nashville area he learned the importance of emotional health. Drs Chad and Alan Yarbrough both learned Emotional Freedom Techniques, Thought Field Therapy and Numerous other techniques to help patients deal with anxiety and fears.